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Hawkeye College to Celebrate 50 Years with Grout Display

Hawkeye Community College will mark its 50th anniversary in 2016 with a temporary exhibit at the Grout Museum, 503 South Street, Waterloo, and the museum is looking for the public’s assistance to tell Hawkeye’s five-decade history.
The museum is seeking artifacts and memorabilia that illustrate the story of Hawkeye, its programs, its students, and its impact on the community. This may include photos, clothing, class projects, documents, and other materials related to the college past and present. The museum is not accepting diplomas or certificates.
Please call Erin Dawson, curator of exhibits, at 319-234-6357 or erin.dawson@gmdistrict.org Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM– 5 PM to schedule drop off of any materials. These items would be on temporary loan to the Grout Museum District and will be returned upon the close of the exhibit in 2017.
Hawkeye is also looking for alumni who can share their stories about attending Hawkeye and the impact it had on their lives and careers. Alumni can share those stories at www.hawkeyecollege.edu/go/your-story.

Practical Money Matters – September 16, 2015

By Nathaniel Sillin
Back-to-School Planning for Returning Students
Could a mid- to late-career return to college make sense for you?
It’s essential to evaluate whether this is a financially risky move. In recent years, older Americans have been heading back to school part-time and during evenings in greater numbers than students of typical college age. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollees 25 years of age and older account for 40 percent of all undergraduate and graduate students – by 2020, that number will rise to 43 percent.
Statistics proliferate on how much more valuable undergraduate college degrees are than high school diplomas alone – a recent Pew Research Analysis study reported that college graduates aged 25-32 and working full-time earn about $17,500 more a year than employed adults in that age group with only a high school diploma. It’s an indication why college is a fairly clear sell for younger people.
However, for people over 40, there are no similarly clear-cut rewards. That’s why it’s particularly important to do extensive due diligence before returning to college or any other training program. That’s doubly true if you can’t afford tuition out-of-pocket.
Here are considerations to make before making a mid- or late-career return to the classroom:
A degree doesn’t mean a job. That may seem obvious given the recent hiring fortunes of younger, first-time college grads. However, even though some job indicators are looking up for older workers, it doesn’t mean past experience and a high-quality degree or certificate program will immediately lead to employment or better pay or for how long. Start with a thorough examination of working conditions and hiring forecasts (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) in your chosen field. If it’s a complete career change, add face-to-face networking and observation of the job in action, if possible. Most of all, it’s important to know whether employers in that specific field really are interested in hiring older workers and have a record of doing so.
Fully evaluate your finances. As risky as student debt levels are now – the average student is borrowing around $30,000 – spending money on school when you’re older is a much riskier proposition than when you’re young. Consider that late-life tuition is money that won’t go to retirement, a child’s tuition, an older relative’s needs, consumer debt or financial emergencies. In other words, it’s an investment that really has to pay off. Also keep in mind that student debt cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. This is why it is important to seek qualified financial and tax advice before committing to spending savings or taking out student loans to return to school.
Determine how long you really plan to work. A 2013 Gallup poll indicated that three in four U.S. workers plan to work past the conventional retirement age of 65, but no one really knows how long they’ll be able to work given health and other factors. Will you be able to recoup the cost of training based on the number of years you hope to work?
Find the most affordable training possible. If a field is friendly to new workers your age, what will you have to invest in training to get the right job? Will it require a masters-level degree or a training certificate that makes you a specialist in a specific skill? Will some employers accept free or low-cost online courses being offered by known colleges and universities? The American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Initiative is a useful resource for lower-cost training options at community colleges throughout the country. Also check with your chosen industry’s leading trade associations to see what certificate training is most popular within the field and what it costs.
Bottom line: Education is beneficial at any age, but mid-to-late career workers should evaluate their finances and thoroughly investigate degree programs before going back to school.

La Porte City Garage Sales – September 19, 2015

Zone A
115 Anton Dr. Sat. 7-3. Huge Moving Sale! Household items, office supplies, furniture, gardening supplies, lots of men’s tools and yard items., Something for everyone!
118 Anton Dr. Sat. 8-2. NB-3 mo. boys clothes, NB-12 mo. girls clothes, adult clothes, queen size mattress & box springs, infant car seat, 3 compartment laundry sorter, 2 chandeliers, home decor and more.
131 Anton Dr. Fri. 1-6 & Sat. 7-1. Women’s plus size clothing, some kids’ clothing, numerous household items, boys’ sports equipment and holiday decorations.
117 Palmer Dr. Thu. & Fri. 5:30-7 & Sat. 7:30-2. Lots of Misc, mens, womens and girls clothes, household, tons of Thirty One, kids’ tricycles, toys, lots of shoes, some antiques and who knows what else!
128 Palmer Dr. Pudil/Boger Fri. 9-6 & Sat. 8-1. Computer desk and stand, video cabinet, wicker trunk, VHS & DVD’s, Christmas items, clothes including outdoor winter wear-girls 3T-Jr. medium, mens & womens M-3X, toys, books and lots of miscellaneous.
Zone B
17 Bruce Ln. Hedeman, Larison, Petersen Fri. 4-7, Sat. 8-Noon. Left handed jr. golf clubs, Calloway golf bag, treadmill, large computer desk, 10 cu ft chest freezer, piano (needs tuning), toys, youth-junior size clothes, lots of household items
20 Bruce Ln. Kotouc/Schmuecker Fri. Noon-7 & Sat. 8-1. Household misc., boys and girls clothes 4T-10/12, men’s & womens’s clothing M-XL and much more!
121 Meadow Ln. Thurs. 4-7, Fri. 8-4, possibly Open Sat. Lots of nice quality kids and adult clothing. Boys 3T, 4T and 5T, Gymboree, Nike, Under Armour, Youth Girls 6-8 Gymboree, Under Armour, Youth Boys Large and XL, Adult Small and Medium Mens, Nike, Under Armour. Lots of basketball shorts and shirts, worn by one teenager. Some household items. Winter Coats and Hats.
206 Case Rd. Harkness Fri. 9-6 & Sat. 8-2. Egg rolls, Crab rangoon (we take orders), kids clothing & misc.
216 Valley Dr. Fri. 5-7, Sat. 8-1. 4 family garage sale. Name brand men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and shoes. A LOT of Buckle brands to choose from!! Also home and holiday decorations, hunting and motorcyle items, lots of misc.
207 Valley Dr. Fri. 4-7 & Sat. 8-Noon. Power tools, toys, lamps, sewing machine, CD player/radio, entertainment center, TV, antique clock, patio lights, foot bath, outdoor table and chairs, chandelier, kitchen stuff and more.
405 West Main St. Koontz Sat. 8-1. All new, small appliances, kitchen items, pots and pans, glasses, gardening items, suitcases and misc.
Zone C
502 Locust St. Sat. 7-1. Baby items, girls clothes 3mo-1yr, girls 7-11 clothes, canning jars, pressure canner (new) dishes, etc.
407 Bishop Ave. Thu & Fri. 8:30-6:30 & Sat. 8:30-Noon. Boys clothing Infant-3T and girls clothing 4T-6x and MORE!
507 Gates St. Fri. 11-3:30 & Sat. 8-3. 2 Family Sale. Nordic Trac, large tackle box (full), other fishing equip, adult men and women’s jackets, antique & vintage glassware (Black Amethyst, etc), new garage door opener, eight (8) 75th anniversary LPC Co-op cups, sewing machine, something for all. Early birds welcome.
806 Third St. Fri. & Sat. 9-4. HUGE Garage Sale. Namebrand clothes, purses, home decor, housewares, electronics, DVD’s, PS2 games, holiday, lamps, linens, toys, books, furniture, goodies & lots of misc…Priced to sell!
808 Pine St. Fri. 2-4, Sat. 8-2. House for Sale – Open House 8-2 Sat. Perennial cone flowers, columbine, chives, daisies, black-eyed susans. Funky furniture, Union decoprations, 2 drawer & 4 drawer file cabinets. Decorator items, Misc.
1308 South St. Fri. 8-5 & Sat. 8-2. HUGE multi-family sale. Maternity clothes, children’s clothing infant to size 10/12 for boys and girls, kids’ shoes, women’s clothing, baby gear, toys, books, furniture, tools, home decor and more!
5017 15th Ave. (Hwy. 218, 2 miles south of LPC) Hanson
Sat. 9-3. Pumpkins and mums on the farm! Also gourds, squash and ornamental corn. Huge variety. Come get started on your fall goodies!

Zion Lutheran Church to Host Fall Harvest Meal

On September 27, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church – Jubilee will host a Fall Harvest Meal. The meal will be served from 11:15 AM to 1 PM. The menu includes pork loin, meatloaf, hot potato dish, veggie and fruit salads, bread, beverages and delectable desserts. Cost for the meal is $8 for adults, $4 for youth (ages 5-12) and free for four and under. Take out will be available.
In addition to the meal, diners are encouraged to shop the country store for produce, baked goods and Zion’s treasures.A portion of the proceeds will go to supporting parish needs and the church’s mission projects.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at the junction of County Road V62 and Jubilee Road in rural La Porte City.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – September 16, 2015

Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
Blossom is as beautiful as a flower, and is excited to have a family of her own. She is around 6-7 weeks old, and will be ready for her fur-ever family in about a week. Blossom is currently in a foster home, so if you would like to meet her, please submit an adoption application, and if approved, our adoption counselors will arrange a meet and greet. Blossom is current on vaccinations, FELUK tested, microchipped, and started on flea/tick prevention. She will be spayed before being adopted.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com – www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

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